A Few of the AAS Vegetable Winners

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The catalogues are pouring in and many of us have started our list of new and favorite vegetables we want to add to our gardens. Consider growing a few of the 2015 All-America Selections winners.

For the cooks and herbal enthusiasts consider Dolce Fresca Basil. This compact basil produces sweet tender leaves, making it an edible with ornamental appeal. It is drought tolerant and has great flavor.

Sandy lettuce produces an abundance of frilly oakleaf shaped dark green leaves. Harvest the outer leaves when 4 to 6 inches to keep it producing for a long time. Or allow the loose head to form and harvest the whole plant. Sandy lettuce has good disease resistance and is slow to bolt.

Roxanne Radish produces uniform bright red radishes with a creamy white center. The radishes remain firm and flavorful even when oversized.

A bit more information: All-America Selections also recognizes regional winners. Hestia Brussels Sprouts is only the second Brussels sprouts to ever be selected as an All-America Selections winner. It was selected for its suitability in the Southeast, Mountain/Southwest region of the United States. The bright green sprouts have a dense yellow center and uniform upright growth habit. It tolerates both warm and cool temperatures.

Bopak Pak Choi performs well in the Northeast, Great Lakes and Mountain/Southwest areas. The compact plant matures early and can be used as a vertical accent in a pot. Use the crisp sweet stalks as a celery substitute.

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